People flock to WNC (Western North Carolina) for its irresistible blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and vibrant creativity. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes, including the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. Beyond its natural allure, the region thrives as a haven for art, music, and food enthusiasts.


Our hotel partners ensure a seamless stay in the WNC area, allowing runners to focus on their race-day preparations. Additionally, they frequently offer incentive rates exclusively for race participants, further enhancing your visit to this destination.


DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville – Biltmore

Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of Biltmore Village and the historic Biltmore Estate, with easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Downtown Asheville. View Website

Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins

Featuring 16 tiny A-frame cabins that allow guests to experience the simplicity, adventure, and relaxation of WNC without having to compromise on comfort or convenience. View Website

Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Village

Located a half-mile from eclectic shopping and dining in Biltmore Village, and two blocks from the entrance to Biltmore Estate. Enjoy our fire pit and terrace, and our taproom and bar. View Website

Getting here

Travelers visiting the area have the option of flying directly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) for direct access to everything WNC has to offer. Alternatively, you can opt for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), which offers a wider range of flight options and is about an hour's drive from the area.


15 miles from Downtown Asheville
10 miles from Downtown Hendersonville

With daily service from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Allegiant Air & United Airlines.


68 miles from Downtown Asheville
47 miles from Downtown Hendersonville

With daily service from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air.

Things to See & Do

These are just a few of the many activities and attractions that make WNC a popular destination for visitors seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, and relaxation in a beautiful mountain setting. This is by no means a comprehensive list but here's what our participants love most when visiting.


Exploring the Great Outdoors

WNC is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest, and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, zip-lining, and exploring nature.


Visiting the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is America's largest privately-owned home, built by George Vanderbilt in the late 19th century. Visitors can tour the opulent mansion, stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, and enjoy wine tastings at the Biltmore Winery.

Beer, Cider & Wine

WNC has earned a reputation as a craft beverage mecca, with numerous breweries and wineries offering a wide variety of locally brewed delights. Visitors love taking facility tours, participating in tastings, and exploring the different venues.

Enjoying Arts and Culture

This area is known for its thriving arts community, with numerous art galleries, studios, and craft shops showcasing the work of local artists. The city also hosts a variety of cultural events, festivals, and live performances throughout the year.


Live Music Events

WNC has a vibrant music scene with numerous venues hosting live performances ranging from bluegrass and folk to rock and jazz. Visitors can catch performances at venues like The Orange Peel, Grey Eagle, Rabbit Rabbit, Salvage Station, or any of the areas breweries. 

Wellness & Relaxation

WNC is home to several world-class spas and wellness centers where visitors can relax and rejuvenate. From luxurious spa treatments to holistic healing therapies, there are a variety of options for rest and relaxation amongst the natural beauty of the mountains.

Where to eat & drink

The food scene in Western North Carolina is characterized by its diversity, creativity, and emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. From farm-to-table restaurants in Asheville to quaint cafes nestled in the mountains, it offers a culinary experience that celebrates the region's bounty.


Top Foodie Favorites - Romantic Asheville

Asheville was voted a Top 10 Foodie City in the USA, based on the high frequency that locals eat out, the amount spent on food, access to healthy food options, the number of farmers' markets, and a large number of restaurants and James Beard Foundation Award winners.

Hendersonville Food Scene

Hendersonville’s culinary scene reflects the intersection of classic dishes and modern flavors. Farm-to-table and down-home cooking are important parts of our heritage, while a dash of international flair adds to the offerings.


Cheers! The Ale Trail

The Asheville Ale Trail is your one-stop resource to all things craft beer in Western North Carolina. With over 30 breweries in the area, visitors can sample a diverse selection of craft beers, while experiencing the unique atmosphere and culture of each brewery.